Note 174
From Chapter 44 of the Decline & Fall

Livy mentions two remarkable and flagitious aeras, of 3000 persons accused, and of 190 noble matrons convicted, of the crime of poisoning (xl. 43, viii. 18.). Mr. Hume discriminates the ages of private and public virtue (Essays, vol. i. p. 22, 23.). I would rather say that such ebullitions of mischief (as in France in the year 1680) are accidents and prodigies which leave no marks on the manners of a nation.

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